My brakes overheat and drag intermittently.?

I have a 2000 Dodge Caravan 4-cyl base model with 185,000 miles. All 4 brakes drag and overheat intermittently ever since I had the power brake booster replaced recently. Some months ago I also had replaced the front brake pads, one of the calipers, and both front brake hoses, so those are unlikely causes. The... show more I have a 2000 Dodge Caravan 4-cyl base model with 185,000 miles. All 4 brakes drag and overheat intermittently ever since I had the power brake booster replaced recently. Some months ago I also had replaced the front brake pads, one of the calipers, and both front brake hoses, so those are unlikely causes.
The brakes do not drag at all most of the time. I am usually able to roll the car in neutral without restriction. So far, the brakes overheat and start to seize only when I drive at highway speeds in the mid-afternoon when ambient temperatures are around 90, (and only westbound--weird!). I haven’t done any more braking than usual when they start dragging and overheating. Pulling over and stomping on the brake pedal a few times seems to unlock it.
The mechanic did NOT measure the pushrod or compare it to the pushrod on the old booster. He said replacement boosters were factory preset and that he never had to readjust a replacement booster. He claims the problem is more likely in the ABS or something else.
On the other hand, I wonder if the pushrod is just a fraction too long, but not long enough to cause dragging at normal ambient temperatures, and if high afternoon temperatures maybe heat up the master cylinder just enough to increase pressure in the hydraulic system to make the brakes drag.
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